Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

Professor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University wants to know about your coincidences!

Ex neighbor in Madrid

I live in Margarita Island in Venezuela. I have beentraveling to different places since may 15. On July 30 I entered Zara store in Serrano avenue. I hear a Venezuelan accent. When I turn around it was my ex neighbor with her mother.

birth dates

I was born on March 5, 1962. In US date pattern it's 3-5-62. 3 +5 = 8, 6+2=8. Just funny. My daughter was born on September 4, 1994. In US date pattern that's 9-4-94. 9+4=13, both times. My grandfather died on 04-04-04, US or European it's still April 4, 2004. there are many other numerical oddities in my life, but these are the fun ones. I've decided to reread Jung....

What or who creates 'meaningful coincidences'?

Jung wrote about a life process he named individuation. Other authors have created different names, for a life process that is supposed to develop 'a unique personality'. I mention Swedenborg's name 'regeneration' because Jung 'devoured'' some 7 volumes according to Ellenberger. The first time (the early 1980's) I experienced the kind of coincidence that obviously cannot be related immediately to a process of individuation didn't leave a lasting impression on me. Neither did the second, third, fourth event...

Girlfriend in newspaper

When I was 17 I lived in Wakefield, RI, USA. I drove a newspaper delivery van for a summer job. One day on the job I was talking obsessively to my assistant (Ron) about a girl I had been dating that summer. We had stopped in front of a store. Ron, exasperated, handed me a loose newspaper and said, "Relax. Read the paper. I'll handle this delivery.

Date coincidence(s)

I seem to often attract coincidences, and friends often simply comment that it's typical of me. For example I share my own birthday with my son, my cousin's son, a very close friend's son, another close friend's mother, a great nephew, etc. I am no longer surprised to learn of yet another birthday on 10/10. However, the coincidence I am particularly wanting to share is that my first husband died on 25 September 1995 and my second husband died on 25 September 2014, 19 years apart. My second husband had a terminal illness and we spoke about the possibility.

Birth Date/Death coincidence

My aunt died today August 7th 2015 at 95 years old on the 15th birth day of my son today 8/07/2015. This is mind boggling to me. There has to be a meaning to it. Since my aunt has been on her death bed for days. Every one thought She was not going to make it the next day. or the next, or the next. She hang on and expired on my son's birth day. I just wish l can understanding this coincidence?

Colin MacDonald

I first worked overseas at the ripe old age of 32, spending a week on a drilling rig offshore from the Danish city of Esbjerg. 3 months later my twin brother also worked overseas for the first time, planting trees outside Esbjerg. We both live in northern Scotland which has no particular links to Denmark, especially a fairly minor town of 70,000 people. Neither of were looking for work in Denmark at the time, we were sent there by our respective employers.

Birth/Death Date Coincidences

Over the years I have often thought, hmmm, isn't that weird: so and so was born the same day so and so died. It wasn't until I started documenting the actual dates, that I realized how many in my family there are.

Photo of home town York appears on karaoke machine in Arctic Circle when friend sings Finnish song!

My girlfriend & I are currently on holiday in Finland visiting her parents (my girlfriend is Finnish). Over the weekend we took a 1500KM round trip North to visit a friend in Rovaniemi (the "official home of Santa" & boarder of the Arctic Circle). Last night we went to a karaoke bar in the city.

Birthday coincidence

I am in a sketch comedy group with four other people that has been active for several years, and throughout that time we have joked about titling one of our shows "A Death in the Family" due to the streak of tragedies in our lives: my mother's suicide, another's father's murder, the accidental slaying of a third's close friend, the childhood loss of yet a fourth's brothed, and a pair of difficult prognoses that will hopefully be disproven but bode ill for the parents of the last. Here's the kicker: I have the same birthday as the brother; the last has